Oh Let’s Face It, the Taboo of the toxin “Botox” prevents many people from taking a leap of faith towards a happier better version of their self. I have encountered several people as I have transitioned my nursing career into the aesthetic world who snarl at the thought of Botox. I can only hold back my giggles inside. “Well what is your reason?” I ask. Common replies..“I don’t want my face frozen”, “I don’t want to look like Joan Rivers”, and “I couldn’t imagine putting a toxin into my body like that.”
By no means would I pressure anyone into doing anything they didn’t feel comfortable doing. But here is my thoughts to those comments.
- Some people prefer the completely frozen appearance. That is totally something that should be discussed with their injector at the time as every client prefers different outcomes. People who get Botox and still a sufficient amount will remain expressive. It is certainly imperative that an injector and the client are on the same page about the expectations. There are variations of dosages and the outcomes depending on the areas that are desired to be treated.
- Joan Rivers.. I laugh every time. Unless you are consulting about a face lift or other plastic surgery procedures, then you have nothing to worry about. I assure you Botox did not cause her face to look like that. That is far beyond of what Botox’s capabilities.
- I get it. When I first received Botox I was perplexed about injecting a toxin into my body. Here I was using a superfood nutrition system to detox the toxins from my body to be a better/healthier version of myself. I couldn’t understand why I was about to contradict what I felt was right. Until I realized that I soon became an even better version of myself. Really I am 33 years old. Do I need tons??.. No. A few units here and there to prevent chasing lines in the future. Why not? I know I am guilty of swinging by the local McDonalds and Taco Bells. I assure you those foods are not organic and top notch quality. I admit I am sure I consume 1000s of other toxins on the regular not to mention the immunizations I am required to have as a healthcare provider. I mean really.. Do you think the FDA would approve a substance detrimental to a person’s overall health? This isn’t the Black Market and definitely isn’t the 20th century.
Society has induced a sense of vanity among the best of us. I mean unfortunately I was born that way but as for the majority of America it is a learned behavior. We are heavily influenced with media and celebrity influence and I would say that 99% of us are guilty at some level of caring. I mean really it’s survival mode in the animal kingdom to attract a mate of some sort. We were born to love. We were born to deserve the best life possible. And if a little (or a lot) of Botox helps someone accomplish their sense of satisfaction, then so be it. Another quote from my teenage daughter, “you do you and I will do me.” Let’s face it, she is so right. We have to do what makes us happy. And if looking a little better makes you feel a little happier/confident, then good!! When we are happier we are a step closer to living out our fullest potential.
So here is some facts:
- What really is Botox? Botox is really a form of the botulin toxin. It is FDA approved to treat migraines, overactive bladder, sweating, and cosmetic purposes. Botox is the brand name used by Allergan, the manufacturer. There are actually 2 other toxins on the market that are FDA approved and the same toxin. Just a different molecular make-up. So if it were that bad, would there really be 3 different options?
- What is the Effect? Injecting this product will block the acetylcholine in the muscle to temporarily freeze the muscle. This relaxes the muscle in which causes the stagnant lines created on the face.
- How Long Does It Last and Then What? With the proper full dose, Botox will last on average 3-4 months. If a person decides to no longer use this form of treatment then the person will likely return to baseline prior to receiving the treatment. No.. No.. you will not be even saggier or worse off then you were before. If anything you will be slightly better as the muscle may have begun to atrophy (decrease in strength) which will still reduce the appearance of unwanted lines.
- At What Age Should I Begin? There is no real age that is too early or too late to begin, well come on.. You have to at least be a legal age to sign a consent form. A consent? Sure, you should be informed of what this is that you are putting into your body and any potential side effects that it could cause. Really in my opinion the worst side effect, is a possible bruise. And really the more prevention you do the more it will save you trying to reverse in the long run. Remember that first blog.. Oh yeah my 24 year old friend does it!
- So will I bruise? I don’t know. I do not have a crystal ball to tell the outcome of the future. If I did I would be sharing much more interesting knowledge with the world. I tell all of my clients, any time I am inserting a needle into the skin, whether it’s starting an IV or injecting botox, there is always a risk of a bruise. Certain medications and conditions can increase your risk. I prefer my clients to ice prior for vasoconstriction purposes (especially if they are at risk).
- I don’t want my eyes to droop. And neither do we. I don’t think any injector specifically goes in with the intent to make anyone’s lids feel heavy. What causes that is only from hitting the frontalis muscle located in the forehead. This doesn’t mean that it will happen to everyone if even treating the frontalis. This is where an injector should consider the anatomical features of a client and place according to their knowledge. However, this is tricky. It can take up to 3 times seeing someone and getting their treatment perfect. I tell all of my clients. This is an art and science combined. Every person is different. Now if you are still freaking about this. It happens. I would say maybe 1 out of 100 is my guestimate. It happened to me the very first time and really was only noticeable and frustrating just to myself.
- Is Botox Reversible? Botox is not reversible. There are different muscles that Botox will wear off faster than others. Generally around the mouth and forehead tend to be the first places to go. Although there is no reversing agent for Botox, it is tweakable. So sometimes by placing the toxin in another muscle can potentially solve any issues that may arise.
- MD vs RN? I can assure you that a RN injector does this all day long.. (Ok most do, I do).. A MD does not specialize in only injectables. He/She is either a Dermatologist, Plastic Surgeon, OB/Gyn, or whatever who does tons of other procedures as well. Sure they are well educated but I guarantee that we all had the same type of training in this category with very similar backgrounds in education. Really it’s the eye of the beholder that matters. This is where the artistic ability comes into play.
- Laugh lines (Nasal Labial Folds)– At least once a week clients ask me if Botox goes here. Nope.. This is a filler answer.
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